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Sadie Engleman’s 66-64 Leads Texas State Junior

Sadie Engleman

Sadie Engleman shot 66 to take the first round lead in the Texas State Junior Girls Championship and followed up with a 64 in the second round to extend her lead to five shots headed into the final round.

The tournament is being played on the Slick Rock Course at Horseshoe bay.

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SC Pos Player City Today Hole Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Englemann, Sadie Austin, Texas 8:51 am Tee 1 -14 66 64
2 Jones, Hailey Dallas, Texas 8:51 am Tee 1 -9 69 66
3 Camarena, Sara Austin, Texas 8:51 am Tee 1 -3 73 68
4 Slaughter, Zoe Houston, Texas 8:42 am Tee 1 -2 73 69
T5 Kim, Young Shin Austin, Texas 8:42 am Tee 1 Even 74 70
T5 Alberto, Leah Kingwood, Texas 8:33 am Tee 1 Even 74 70
T5 Jones, Madelyn Austin, Texas 8:42 am Tee 1 Even 73 71
T5 Parel, Elise Kingwood, Texas 8:33 am Tee 1 Even 72 72
9 Pedigo, Kennedy Fort Worth, Texas 8:33 am Tee 1 +2 72 74
T10 Mieras, Taylor Allen, Texas 8:24 am Tee 1 +4 77 71
T10 Adams, Abigail New Braunfels, Texas 8:24 am Tee 1 +4 73 75
12 Carreon, Camryn San Antonio , Texas 8:24 am Tee 1 +5 71 78
T13 Romack, Randi Austin, Texas 8:15 am Tee 1 +7 77 74
T13 Bao, Yuliang Houston, Texas 8:15 am Tee 1 +7 76 75
15 Beck, Estelle Lakeway, Texas 8:15 am Tee 1 +8 77 75
T16 Howard, Connor Hallsville, Texas 8:06 am Tee 1 +9 73 80
T16 Murphy, Jondi Rockport, Texas 8:06 am Tee 1 +9 73 80
T18 Routzong, Valerie Richmond, Texas 8:06 am Tee 1 +10 80 74
T18 Derrickson, Hailey Austin, Texas 7:57 am Tee 1 +10 77 77
T20 Freeman, Madison Spring, Texas 7:57 am Tee 1 +11 77 78
T20 Stowers, Iliana Montgomery, Texas 7:48 am Tee 1 +11 73 82
T20 Dishman, Kate Flower Mound, Texas 7:57 am Tee 1 +11 75 80
23 Whitney, Halle Magnolia, Texas 7:48 am Tee 1 +12 76 80
T24 Turner, Mackenzy Georgetown, Texas 7:39 am Tee 1 +13 81 76
T24 McConnell, Sydney Tyler, Texas 7:39 am Tee 1 +13 82 75
T24 Morales, Brooke McKinney, Texas 7:48 am Tee 1 +13 75 82
T27 Daleo, Megan Plano, Texas 7:39 am Tee 1 +14 79 79
T27 Singleton, Libby Kingwood, Texas 7:30 am Tee 1 +14 77 81
29 Jalufka, Jensen Austin, Texas WD 76 82
T30 Fox, Elle Copperas Cove, Texas 82 77
T30 Koppel, Lindsay Dripping Springs, Texas 80 79
T30 Ray, Kinsey San Antonio, Texas 81 78
T33 Bryant, Courtney Houston, Texas 81 79
T33 Hinkle, Lauren Austin, Texas 84 76
T35 Garcia, Julia Temple, Texas 83 79
T35 Leung, Sydni Plano, Texas 79 83
T35 McDermott, Murphy Rockport, Texas 81 81
T38 Storm, Caroline Austin, Texas 85 78
T38 Sudberry, Sky The Woodlands, Texas 82 81
40 Huntsman, Isabel Huntsville, Texas 81 87
41 Campos, Vanessa Rancho Viejo, Texas 87 82
42 Lee, Joy Helotes, Texas 90 84
43 Vargas, Olivia Austin, Texas 102 91
44 Turnbo, Sarah Wink, Texas 101 98
45 Burgess, Nichole Rowlett, Texas 104 102
46 Shackelford, Jordan Austin, Texas WD 80 WD
T47 Bryant, Kiersten San Antonio, Texas WD WD
T47 Stokes, Olivia Austin, Texas WD

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Jake Budde Wins Playoff With Stratton Nolen To Capture Firecracker Open Title

Jake Budde captured the 2017 Firecracker Open with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Straton Nolen.  Budde, pronounced like buddy, was presented the Firecracker Open Championship Trophy by Billy Clagett, a six time winner of the Firecracker.

Left to Right - Alex Ellis, Jake Budde, Billy Clagett

Left to Right – Alex Ellis, Jake Budde, Billy Clagett

Budde, who played basketball at Lake Travis as his primary sport, also played on the golf team as a secondary sport. He went to Nebraska after high school and has recently turned his attention to golf because he loves it.

Budde will be playing golf at the College of Charleston where Ellis is an assistant coach under head coach Mark McEntire, a former Austin golfing star with multiple tournament wins.

Billy Clagett presents the Championship Trophy to Jake Budde.

Billy Clagett presents the Championship Trophy to Jake Budde.

Budde, Stratton Nolen, and Reid Davenport had spent the day locked in a duel for the championship with all three suffering some disappointments and experiencing some high points during the round.

Davenport three putted 15 and 16 so he and Budde stood on the 18th tee 10 under par for the tournament, one shot behind Stratton Nolen, who was at 11 under.

Nolen and played first missed the fairway left on the short par four. Davenport hit a good tee shot short left of the green. Budde smashed his drive onto the green about twenty feet from the hole and more importantly, below the hole that was located on a significant slope.

Reid Davenport gazes at the Scoreboard and contemplates missing the playoff by one shot

Reid Davenport gazes at the Scoreboard and contemplates missing the playoff by one shot

Nolen played a beautiful recovery shot onto the green about 18 feet below the hole and Davenport played a pitch shot to about 15 feet short of the hole.  All three players two putted, giving Budde a birdie with pars for Davenport and Nolen.   Tied at 11 under par, Nolen and Budde advanced to a playoff and Davenport finished 3rd.

Stratton Nolen's tee shot on first hole of the playoff

Stratton Nolen’s tee shot on first hole of the playoff

The playoff began on hole number 10, a short par four with water in front and the hole located on the front of the green on a significant slope.   Nolen hit first and chose to play an iron to the fairway and count on a good wedge shot to make birdie.  Unfortunately, he hit a poor shot to the right into the trees.

Budde, after witnessing Nolen’s shot, somewhat surprisingly chose to play a driver and go for the green.   He proceeded to drive it left of the green deep into the woods.

Before playing his second shot from the right hand trees, Nolen went over to Budde’s ball and took a look at what he was facing.  Nolen decided to play a safe shot and chip his ball into the fairway 90 yards short of the green rather than try a risky shot over water off of a poor lie in the rocks.  He played his wedge shot to about 20 feet past the hole and faced a touchy downhill putt for par.

Budde plays from the woods left of hole #10

Budde plays from the woods left of hole #10

Budde then weaved his way through the underbrush to his ball and set up to play a shot through the branches of several bushes rather than take an unplayable lie.

He really had no choice as there was not a good place to drop the ball and would have had to go back to the tee.  If you look a this photo, you can barely see Budde in the woods.

Budde played his shot and somewhat surprisingly the ball penetrated the branches easily and bounded over the green.  Next he faced a difficult chip to a hole located on a significant slope at the front portion of the green.  Because he was chipping  across and downhill it was next to impossible  to stop a ball close to the hole and he wisely chipped it past to leave a 15 foot uphill putt for par.  Both players two putted for bogey and went back to the tee to play the hole again.

Jake Budde putts for eagle on second playoff hole. Two putts for the win.

Jake Budde putts for eagle on second playoff hole. He two putted for birdie and the win.

Nolen played first and hit another poor iron shot.  This time it went left and hit a tree but bounced into the fairway some 120 yards from the green.  Budde, apparently unfazed by his first effort with driver, selected driver again. This time he hit a perfect tee shot onto the green 20 feet below the hole.  Nolen hit his approach 25 feet past the hole.  Both players two putted and Budde won the playoff and the title.

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan continued his steady scoring with another 69 to finish at eight under par, tied for 4th place.

Mathew Denton, who started the day at nine under par, two shots behind leader Stratton Nolen, posted a disappointing two over 73 and finished 6th. He will be playing golf at Westlake High school next year and will learn a lot from this experience.

Jonathan Alden had the low round of the day with 67 and finished tied for 7th with Jordan Sanders.  Ben Carter shot 69 and posted his third sub-par round of the tournament to finish 9th.

Ben Carter

Ben Carter

Scores were significantly higher the last round because of the hole locations and the tees on the back of the tee boxes.

Muny Bucks, behind number 1 green on Monday morning.

Muny Bucks, behind number 1 green on Monday morning.

For more photos and swing sequences of some players click here.

As you can see from the photo to the below, Muny is a special place with all kinds of wildlife.  It is really kind of amazing to think this is in central Austin. For those who know and love the place, the photo represents the kind of balance some Austinites would like to preserve by keeping the golf course and green space rather than having more development, shops, and traffic in the area.

Below are the full field scores.l  Click on a players name to see their scorecard. Use the back button to return to the story.

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total Purse
1 Jake Budde (p) -2 F -11 66 67 69 202 $750.00
2 Stratton Nolen E F -11 64 67 71 202 $600.00
3 Reid Davenport -1 F -10 63 70 70 203 $0.00
T4 Brian Noonan -2 F -8 67 69 69 205 $537.50
T4 Jacob Sosa E F -8 64 70 71 205 $0.00
6 Matthew Denton +2 F -7 64 69 73 206 $0.00
T7 Jonathan Alden -4 F -6 69 71 67 207 $462.50
T7 Jordan Sanders E F -6 69 67 71 207 $462.50
T9 Ben Carter -2 F -5 70 69 69 208 $400.00
T9 Jake Goodman -2 F -5 73 66 69 208 $400.00
T9 Charles Neel White E F -5 68 69 71 208 $400.00
T12 Jay Reynolds -1 F -4 67 72 70 209 $325.00
T12 Nick Costello E F -4 69 69 71 209 $325.00
T12 Drew Dewald +3 F -4 70 65 74 209 $325.00
T15 Thomas Holtzman -3 F -3 72 70 68 210 $300.00
T15 Thomas Critch -1 F -3 70 70 70 210 $300.00
T17 Steve Paterson E F -2 70 70 71 211 $283.33
T17 Jeffrey Lanier E F -2 72 68 71 211 $283.33
T17 Robert Evans +6 F -2 69 65 77 211 $283.33
T20 Matt Wernecke -1 F -1 70 72 70 212 $260.00
T20 Cade Osgood +2 F -1 70 69 73 212 $260.00
T20 Trey Bosco +2 F -1 69 70 73 212 $0.00
T20 Tucker Tovar +5 F -1 68 68 76 212 $260.00
T20 Tim Hamm +4 F -1 71 66 75 212 $260.00
T25 Dalton Hankamer E F E 71 71 71 213 $237.50
T25 Bret Darter +1 F E 69 72 72 213 $237.50
T27 Steven Bright -3 F +1 75 71 68 214 $175.00
T27 Nick Palmo -2 F +1 71 74 69 214 $0.00
T27 Logan Boatner -1 F +1 76 68 70 214 $175.00
T27 Devon McCarley +3 F +1 70 70 74 214 $175.00
T27 Jeff Williams +4 F +1 63 76 75 214 $175.00
T32 Alex Levy +2 F +2 70 72 73 215 $0.00
T32 Tyler Ware +8 F +2 67 69 79 215 $0.00
T34 Erik Henson E F +3 72 73 71 216 $0.00
T34 Steve Landry +1 F +3 70 74 72 216 $0.00
T34 Cyrus Turner +2 F +3 69 74 73 216 $0.00
T34 Cody Price +3 F +3 68 74 74 216 $0.00
T34 Michael Cooper +3 F +3 73 69 74 216 $0.00
T34 Pj Collier +5 F +3 68 72 76 216 $0.00
T34 Josh Luongo +6 F +3 71 68 77 216 $0.00
T41 Michael Ramirez E F +4 76 70 71 217 $0.00
T41 Curtis Carlson +1 F +4 73 72 72 217 $0.00
T41 Jordan Woolf +2 F +4 73 71 73 217 $0.00
T41 Jake Hendrix +5 F +4 71 70 76 217 $0.00
T41 Forest Miller +8 F +4 66 72 79 217 $0.00
T46 Tyler Elbrecht +3 F +5 70 74 74 218 $0.00
T46 Tyler Gammill +6 F +5 67 74 77 218 $0.00
T48 Kraig Zimmerhanzel -1 F +6 76 73 70 219 $0.00
T48 Nickolai Esau +1 F +6 69 78 72 219 $0.00
T48 Malachi Montgomery +2 F +6 69 77 73 219 $0.00
T48 John Perez +3 F +6 74 71 74 219 $0.00
T48 Jack Chavarria +5 F +6 67 76 76 219 $0.00
T48 Chris Hartenstein +6 F +6 68 74 77 219 $0.00
T54 Nicholas Cristea +1 F +7 73 75 72 220 $0.00
T54 Mike Allen +3 F +7 75 71 74 220 $0.00
T54 Christian De La Cruz +7 F +7 70 72 78 220 $0.00
57 Will Arend +1 F +8 80 69 72 221 $0.00
T58 Jeremy Williams +2 F +9 74 75 73 222 $0.00
T58 Matt Smith +4 F +9 69 78 75 222 $0.00
T58 Gene Black +5 F +9 73 73 76 222 $0.00
T58 Michael Rome +5 F +9 75 71 76 222 $0.00
T58 Thomas Bockholt +7 F +9 72 72 78 222 $0.00
T58 Mason Wyatt +7 F +9 68 76 78 222 $0.00
T64 Brett Egge +5 F +10 75 72 76 223 $0.00
T64 Mike Grindle +7 F +10 76 69 78 223 $0.00
T64 Hudson Ross +8 F +10 73 71 79 223 $0.00
T64 Hudson Hansard +9 F +10 70 73 80 223 $0.00
T68 Matthew Milliken +4 F +11 72 77 75 224 $0.00
T68 Carter Patterson +4 F +11 75 74 75 224 $0.00
T68 Steven Eckelman +7 F +11 72 74 78 224 $0.00
T68 Nick Erickson +7 F +11 68 78 78 224 $0.00
72 Peach Reynolds +9 F +12 74 71 80 225 $0.00
73 Jake Zamora +7 F +13 76 72 78 226 $0.00
T74 Matt Riley +8 F +15 77 72 79 228 $0.00
T74 James Gustafson +10 F +15 75 72 81 228 $0.00
T76 Gavin Trevino +10 F +17 76 73 81 230 $0.00
T76 Foster Givens +11 F +17 73 75 82 230 $0.00
78 Chad Martin +13 F +20 76 73 84 233 $0.00
Missed Cut
MC Grayson Litowitz +8
MC Paul Romero +8
MC Chris Shive +8
MC Billy Clagett +8
MC Matt Cowan +8
MC Mitchel Fagan +8
MC Ryan Mejia +9
MC Randy Reynolds +9
MC Sam Wallach +9
MC Bill Sill +9
MC Taylor Greenway +9
MC Daniel Alba +10
MC Gavin Moreland +10
MC Mike Harkins +11
MC Randy Zimmerhanzel +11
MC Jackson Goolsby +11
MC Coleman Houston +11
MC Salvador Chavarria +12
MC Wes Hansen +12
MC Monte Glosson +12
MC Ryan McGinley +12
MC Gerry Diaz Sr +13
MC David Bales +13
MC Jeff Wilson +13
MC Matthew Wahl +13
MC Ben Winter +13
MC Robert Specjal +13
MC Chris Seidman +14
MC Lucas Mylet +14
MC Nick Winborn +14
MC Jimmy Hughes +15
MC Jd Dunn +16
MC David Collura +16
MC Tyler Ogden +18
MC Mark Miks +18
MC Joseph Booth +19
MC Jeff Shell +20
MC John Albert Mansour +21
MC Will Ezell +21
MC Clayton Brady +22
MC James Larakers +22
MC Bryan Boyd +26
MC Inyeop Jung +27
MC Matthew Toming +28
MC Greg Gaynor +35
DQ Justin Williams +5
JWD Chris Germann +2
JWD Noble Feldman +6
(p) denotes won playoff, * denotes a 10th hole start

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Jake Budde birdied the final hole of regulation play to tie with Stratton Nolen at 11 under

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Youth Dominates Firecracker – Stratton Nolen Leads By Two

Stratton Nolen

Stratton Nolen

Stratton Nolen has posted 64-67 =131 in the first two rounds of the 2017 Firecracker Open and leads by two shots headed into the final round.  Nolen, who won the 2016 Big 12 individual title is a former Firecracker winner at an early age while still playing for Westlake High School.   And it seems fitting that he is now being chased by the current high school crowd at Westlake.

(l-r) Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Michael Rome, Thomas Bockholt, Reese Ramsey - 2017 6A State Champions

(l-r) Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Michael Rome, Thomas Bockholt, Reese Ramsey – 2017 6A State Champions

Reid Davenport and Matthew Denton, both at nine under and two shots back, are current Westlake players and played on the team that recently captured the state 6A high school championship.  Denton finished in second place, one shot behind the winner of the individual race and Davenport finished in sixth place individually.  Denton has committed to Texas A&M and Davenport has committed to play for Vanderbuilt.  So, Nolen will have his hands full with those two.

Jake Budde, who plays for the Lake Travis Golf Team, fired a bogey free 66 the first round and followed up with a six birdie, two bogey 67 to also post nine under par.

 

 

 

Robert Evans - Champion Beth Cleckler - Director of Golf at Morris Williams GC

Robert Evans – Champion
Beth Cleckler – Director of Golf at Morris Williams GC

Robert Evans, who is now raising children and playing less golf, has posted 69-65 and is at eight under.  His back nine 30 on Sunday vaulted him into contention.  Evans, who won a couple of local tournaments in recent years is fully capable of posting another low round and appears to be the best hope for the local mid-amateur crowd.

Brian Noonan, a former Firecracker winner and three time Men’s City Champion is at six under, five shots back of the leader.

Lions Municipal Golf Course Buck, July 2nd, 2017 on #11 Fairway.

Lions Municipal Golf Course Buck, July 2nd, 2017 on #11 Fairway.

Brian’s dad, Jim Noonan, snapped this shot on number 11 fairway Sunday Morning while following the golf action.  This young buck, was accompanied by another slightly smaller buck.  They watched a little golf and then leisurely walked off toward number 16 green, obviously enjoying the beauty of Lioins Municipal Golf Course.

The leaders tee off at 12:33 and the final round should be fun to watch.

The field was cut to the low 72 players and ties after 54 holes.  The cut was at 149, seven over par.

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Stratton Nolen 12:33p -11 64 67 131
T2 Reid Davenport 12:33p -9 63 70 133
T2 Jake Budde 12:33p -9 66 67 133
T2 Matthew Denton 12:24p -9 64 69 133
T5 Robert Evans 12:24p -8 69 65 134
T5 Jacob Sosa 12:24p -8 64 70 134
7 Drew Dewald 12:15p -7 70 65 135
T8 Tyler Ware 12:15p -6 67 69 136
T8 Brian Noonan 12:15p -6 67 69 136
T8 Jordan Sanders 12:06p -6 69 67 136
T8 Tucker Tovar 12:06p -6 68 68 136
T12 Tim Hamm 12:06p -5 71 66 137
T12 Charles Neel White 11:57a -5 68 69 137
T14 Nick Costello 11:57a -4 69 69 138
T14 Forest Miller 11:57a -4 66 72 138
T16 Josh Luongo 11:48a -3 71 68 139
T16 Cade Osgood 11:48a -3 70 69 139
T16 Trey Bosco 11:48a -3 69 70 139
T16 Ben Carter 11:39a -3 70 69 139
T16 Jeff Williams 11:39a -3 63 76 139
T16 Jake Goodman 11:39a -3 73 66 139
T16 Jay Reynolds 11:30a -3 67 72 139
T23 Jeffrey Lanier 11:30a -2 72 68 140
T23 Devon McCarley 11:30a -2 70 70 140
T23 Jonathan Alden 11:21a -2 69 71 140
T23 Steve Paterson 11:21a -2 70 70 140
T23 Pj Collier 11:21a -2 68 72 140
T23 Thomas Critch 11:03a -2 70 70 140
T29 Bret Darter 11:03a -1 69 72 141
T29 Jake Hendrix 11:03a -1 71 70 141
T29 Tyler Gammill 10:54a -1 67 74 141
T32 Chris Hartenstein 10:54a E 68 74 142
T32 Matt Wernecke 10:54a E 70 72 142
T32 Thomas Holtzman 10:45a E 72 70 142
T32 Michael Cooper 10:45a E 73 69 142
T32 Alex Levy 10:45a E 70 72 142
T32 Dalton Hankamer 10:36a E 71 71 142
T32 Cody Price 10:36a E 68 74 142
T32 Christian De La Cruz 10:36a E 70 72 142
T40 Jack Chavarria 10:27a +1 67 76 143
T40 Hudson Hansard 10:27a +1 70 73 143
T40 Cyrus Turner 10:27a +1 69 74 143
T43 Jordan Woolf 10:18a +2 73 71 144
T43 Hudson Ross 10:18a +2 73 71 144
T43 Logan Boatner 10:18a +2 76 68 144
T43 Steve Landry 10:09a +2 70 74 144
T43 Tyler Elbrecht 10:09a +2 70 74 144
T43 Mason Wyatt 10:09a +2 68 76 144
T43 Thomas Bockholt 10:00a +2 72 72 144
T50 Curtis Carlson 10:00a +3 73 72 145
T50 John Perez 10:00a +3 74 71 145
T50 Erik Henson 9:51a +3 72 73 145
T50 Peach Reynolds 9:51a +3 74 71 145
T50 Mike Grindle 9:51a +3 76 69 145
T50 Nick Palmo 9:33a +3 71 74 145
T56 Michael Rome 9:33a +4 75 71 146
T56 Nick Erickson 9:33a +4 68 78 146
T56 Steven Eckelman 9:24a +4 72 74 146
T56 Gene Black 9:24a +4 73 73 146
T56 Mike Allen 9:24a +4 75 71 146
T56 Steven Bright 9:15a +4 75 71 146
T56 Michael Ramirez 9:15a +4 76 70 146
T56 Malachi Montgomery 9:15a +4 69 77 146
T64 Brett Egge 9:06a +5 75 72 147
T64 Justin Williams 9:06a +5 75 72 147
T64 Nickolai Esau 9:06a +5 69 78 147
T64 Matt Smith 8:57a +5 69 78 147
T64 James Gustafson 8:57a +5 75 72 147
T69 Nicholas Cristea 8:57a +6 73 75 148
T69 Jake Zamora 8:48a +6 76 72 148
T69 Foster Givens 8:48a +6 73 75 148
T72 Will Arend 8:48a +7 80 69 149
T72 Gavin Trevino 8:39a +7 76 73 149
T72 Jeremy Williams 8:39a +7 74 75 149
T72 Matt Riley 8:39a +7 77 72 149
T72 Kraig Zimmerhanzel 8:30a +7 76 73 149
T72 Carter Patterson 8:30a +7 75 74 149
T72 Matthew Milliken 8:21a +7 72 77 149
T72 Chad Martin 8:21a +7 76 73 149
Missed Cut
MC Grayson Litowitz +8
MC Paul Romero +8
MC Chris Shive +8
MC Billy Clagett +8
MC Matt Cowan +8
MC Mitchel Fagan +8
MC Ryan Mejia +9
MC Randy Reynolds +9
MC Sam Wallach +9
MC Bill Sill +9
MC Taylor Greenway +9
MC Daniel Alba +10
MC Gavin Moreland +10
MC Mike Harkins +11
MC Randy Zimmerhanzel +11
MC Jackson Goolsby +11
MC Coleman Houston +11
MC Salvador Chavarria +12
MC Wes Hansen +12
MC Monte Glosson +12
MC Ryan McGinley +12
MC Gerry Diaz Sr +13
MC David Bales +13
MC Jeff Wilson +13
MC Matthew Wahl +13
MC Ben Winter +13
MC Robert Specjal +13
MC Chris Seidman +14
MC Lucas Mylet +14
MC Nick Winborn +14
MC Jimmy Hughes +15
MC Jd Dunn +16
MC David Collura +16
MC Tyler Ogden +18
MC Mark Miks +18
MC Joseph Booth +19
MC Jeff Shell +20
MC John Albert Mansour +21
MC Will Ezell +21
MC Clayton Brady +22
MC James Larakers +22
MC Bryan Boyd +26
MC Inyeop Jung +27
MC Matthew Toming +28
MC Greg Gaynor +35
JWD Chris Germann +2
JWD Noble Feldman +6
* denotes a 10th hole start

See the full results at this link.

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Nick Costello, Michael Rome – Top Ten In Texas Amateur

Nicholas Costello and Michael Rome both finished in the top ten in the 2017 Texas Amateur.  Costello finished T7 and Rome finished T9.  Stratton Nolen finished T11.
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What do these players have in common?  They all played for Westlake High School.  Stratton Nolen will lbe a junior on the Oklahoma State team, Costello will be a sophomore for The University of Texas at Austin, and Rome, who just graduated, will play for The University of Texas at San Antonio starting in the fall semester.

Michael Rome

Michael Rome

Rome, who along with Reese Ramsey, was one of two graduating seniors from the Westlake Boys team that just won the 6A state high school golf championship, posted a two under par total in the Texas State Amateur and finished T9.

Stratton Nolen

Stratton Nolen

Nolen, who is a former Firecracker Open winner, won the Big 12 individual championship in 2016.  He is a junior at Oklahoma State.  Click here to read his player profile.

Nick Costello

Nick Costello

Costello, who will be a sophomore at UT, posted a three under par total in the Texas Amateur and appears to be coming into his own as a player.  .  Click here for his player profile.

 

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Rosholt, Cotton, Swann Qualify for U.S. Girls Junior Championship

Chandler Rosholt

Chandler Rosholt

Chandler Rosholt of Cedar Park shot two under par 69 to lead the qualifiers for the U.S. Girls Junior at Sugar Creek Country Club in Houston Texas.  Bentley Cotton and  Kennedy Swan were two of five players that shot 73 and were in a playoff to qualify.  Both player were successful and all three Austin area players will advance to the championship at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Missouri on July 24-

Rosholt, who will graduate from Chaparral Star Academy in Cedar Park in 2018, has verbally committed to play golf at Auburn.  Click here to see the story.

Cotton, Bentley Cotton driving golf cartshown here in her earlier days as a golf cart driver during the Firecracker Open, plays for Westlake High School and was part of the team that recently finished second in the 6A Texas High School championship.  Cotton’s performance in the second half of the year significantly improved the team’s performance.

Kennedy Swann

Kennedy Swann

Kennedy Swann, who played at Westlake High School, entered Clemson in January of 2017 and has just completed a successful freshman season for the Clemson Tigers, playing in all of the Spring tournaments and providing Clemson with a solid performance.

Click here to read her player profile at Clemson.

 

 

 

 

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Lake Travis Boys Finish 6th In State 6A Golf Tournament

Lake Travis Boys Golf Team at 2017 State 6A Championship

Lake Travis Boys Golf Team at 2017 State 6A Championship

The Lake Travis Boys Golf Team finished in 6th place in the State 6A Golf Championship at Legacy Hills in Georgetown.

The sixth place finish was deemed important for the team for several reasons.  First of all, the team qualified for the state tournament.  That’s no small feat considering they are in the same district with Westlake and Vandegrift and only two teams can advance to regionals.  Then they made it through regionals to the state tournament.   That took some doing.

Second, the experience provided the team with an insight into what it takes to compete at the state level.  That will provide incentive to work harder in the future and to mentally practice being in the pressure of that kind of a tournament.

Trey Bosco shot 71-72 and finished in a tie for 9th in the individual standings.  Nathan Patronzio shot 76-73, Tristan Stalker shot 77-74, Jason Protass shot 76-76 and Grayson Litowitz shot 79-78.

Congratulations on a successful season.

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Cedar Park Boys Second In State 5A Golf Championship

Cedar Park's Boys Golf Team

Cedar Park’s Boys Golf Team

The Cedar Park Boys Golf Team finished in second place in the state 5A Golf Championship, held at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Cedar Creek, Texas.  Cedar Park shot 604 for two rounds and finished 13 shots behind Highland Park’s 591.

The team consisted of Ben Dunne, H.S. Chang, Kole Krieg, PJ Schmitz and Carson Vickers.

Ben Dunne led the scoring for Cedar Park with 70-75 followed by H.S. Chang with 75-76,  Kole Krieg with 77-77, P.J. Schmitz with 82-72.  Carson Vickers was fifth in the team scoring.

Dunne finished fourth in the individual standings.

Cary Williams is the head golf coach and indicated he was pleased with his team’s performance.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches, parents and supporters.

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Westlake Boys Capture State Golf Championship

(l-r) Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Michael Rome, Thomas Bockholt, Reese Ramsey - 2017 6A State Champions

(l-r) Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Michael Rome, Thomas Bockholt, Reese Ramsey – 2017 6A State Champions

Led by Mathew Denton’s 68, the Westlake Boys Golf Team shot a four under par 284 in the final round of the 6A State Golf Championship to win the title by seven shots over Plano West.

Carrying a slim three shot lead over Plano West going into the final round, Westlake needed a good performance in the second round to win the tournament.  Their four under par second round was four better than Plano’s even par 288, so they won by seven.  Four under par as a team over two days is an impressive performance.   No other team matched or broke par for the two days.

Denton’s 68, along with a first round of 72, gave him a four under par total for the championship, one shot shy of tying for the low individual score.  His 140 total put him tied for second with Willam Moll of Houston Memorial.  Moll won the two hole playoff for second place.

Mathew Denton

Mathew Denton

Reid Davenport, who led the Chap’s scoring in the first round with a 69, posted 73 in the second round for a two day total of 142 and tied for 6th in the individual standings.  Michael Rome shot one under par 71 in the second round to go with a first round 72.  His one under par total of 143 was good enough to put him tied for 9th. Thomas Bockholt, who had 78 in the first round, really upped his game and posted an even par 72 in the final round.

So, in the final round, Westlake’s players scores were Denton 68, Rome 71, Bockholt 72,  Davenport 73, Ramsey 73.  That is clutch play and deserving of a state title.

(l-r) Reese Ramsey, Coach Callan Nokes, Michael Rome

(l-r) Reese Ramsey, Coach Callan Nokes, Michael Rome

Reese Ramsey, who will be playing for Texas A&M next year is shown here with Coach Nokes, teammate Michael Rome and the state Championship Trophy.  Rome will be playing for The University of Texas – San Antonio.  Good luck to both graduating seniors.

Ramsey has been the lead player for Westlake for the last couple of years and has mentored his teammates.  They credit him for providing leadership and sharing his experience in preparing for the tournament.

Players from this team returning next year will be junior Reid Davenport, who is committed to Vanderbilt, Mathew Denton, who is committed to Texas A&M, and sophomore Thomas Bockholt.  Bockholt has not yet committed to a collegiate team.

left to right: Coach Grigg, Reese Ramsey, Michael Rome, Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Thomas Bockholt, Coach Callan Nokes

left to right: Coach Grigg, Reese Ramsey, Michael Rome, Mathew Denton, Reid Davenport, Thomas Bockholt, Coach Callan Nokes

Congratulations to Coaches Nokes and Grigg, all the players, parents and Westlake supporters.  With the girls golf team finishing second and the boys finishing first in the state 6A tournaments, the Westlake golf program appears to be in good shape.

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Westlake Boys Lead State Golf Championship After First Round

Westlake Boys - 2017 Region IV-6A Champs

Westlake Boys – 2017 Region IV-6A Champs

Westlake’s Reid Davenport shot a three under par 69 to lead the Boys Golf Team to a three shot lead over Plano West in the first round of the State 6A Golf Championship being held at Legacy Hills in Georgetown.

Westlake’s steady play as a team put them on top after the first day.  Mathew Denton and Michael Rome posted even par 72 and Reese Ramsey shot 75.

Davenport’s 69 puts him in third place one shot out of the lead held by Damin Strydom from Humble Kingwood and William Moll from Houston Memorial.

The tournament concludes with the final round today.

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Lake Travis Girls Win State Golf Title, Westlake Second

Erik Henson, Clayton Brady, Hanna Liu, Macy Fox, Kaitlyn Papp, Sara Camarena, Morgan Lay, Richard Wagner.

Erik Henson, Clayton Brady, Hanna Liu, Macy Fox, Kaitlyn Papp, Sara Camarena, Morgan Lay, Richard Wagner.

After going undefeated in 2016 and winning eight of ten tournaments this year, the Lake Travis Girls Golf Team won the 6A state golf championship by 11 shots over second place Austin Westlake.  Lake Travis shot 288-292=580, four over par for 36 holes in windy conditions at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown, Texas.

During the final round on Tuesday, the wind blew 15-20 most of the day so scoring was difficult.  Westlake shot 294, which was close to matching Lake Travis and good enough to overtake Allen and finish in second place.

It’s quite remarkable that the top two girls golf teams in the 6A category are from Austin, considering how many good players there are in the Houston and Dallas areas.  Congratulations to all the coaches, parents and school administrators that provide the opportunity to these young players and congratulations to all the players that put in the hard work required to excel at this level.

Kaitlyn Papp, who shot 67 in the first round and was two shots behind Ellie Szeryk’s 65, shot 70 in the final round to post 137 and win the individual title by three shots over Jackie Barry of Humble Kingwood.  Westlake’s Randi Romak shot 70-71 to finish third in the individual race, one shot behind Barry.   Papp is the highest ranked Texan in the AJGA girls rankings and that ranking proved to be accurate during the tournament.

Papp and Morgan Lay are the seniors on the LT team and have been a member of three straight high school championship teams at Lake Travis.  That must be nice…. The coaches commented that Papp and Lay have done a great job of mentoring the younger players and that is part of the winning tradition at Lake Travis.

Papp will be playing for the University of Texas next year and Lay will be playing for Texas A&M so they might not share the same team spirit they did this year.  However, after playing three years together on winning Lake Travis teams it’s likely they will remain friendly rivals.  Read more about the Lake Travis team on their website.

Coach Patterson, medalist Elena Castanon, Bentley Cotton, Madelyn Jones, Sadie Engleman, Randi Romak, Jordan Shackelford, Coach Nowland

Coach Patterson, medalist Elena Castanon, Bentley Cotton, Madelyn Jones, Sadie Engleman, Randi Romak, Jordan Shackelford, Coach Nowland

With all the success of Lake Travis, it’s easy to overlook the Westlake team.  But come on, they finished second in the state and deserve a lot of credit.  We are talking Texas golf here, where there are lots of good players and teams.

The Westlake team is young and the future looks bright for them.   Randi Romak will be graduating this year but Bentley Cotton,  Sadie Engleman, and Madelyn Jones will all be returning.  They should continue to be a strong team and they will be experienced.

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The 6A Boys Championship is May 22-23 at Legacy Hills in Georgetown.  Both Westlake and Lake Travis are in the field.

The 5A Boys Championship is May 22-23 at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Cedar Creek.  Austin High School will be playing in that event.

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